Course 1: Essentials of TAVR

Course Directors: Basel Ramlawi, Winchester, VA, and Eric L. Sarin, Atlanta, GA

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   E.L. Sarin − Speakers Bureau/Honoraria: W.L. Gore and Associates; B. Ramlawi − Consultant/Advisory Board: Medtronic, Inc; Consultant/Advisory Board: LivaNova, AtriCure, Inc

Proficiency in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) requires the acquisition of multiple endovascular principles and techniques. This course will introduce attendees to balloon-expandable and self-expanding TAVR platforms with an emphasis on hands-on experience with the latest TAVR technology.  Attendees will receive an introduction to the various sheaths, guidewires, and catheters relevant to TAVR.  Basics of alternative TAVR access will be discussed and all participants will gain operational knowledge of the various delivery systems used.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the decision-making process for choice of TAVR access (transfemoral, direct aortic, subclavian artery, and transapical)
  • Recognize the salient differences in the deployment of balloon-expanded versus self-expanded devices
  • Describe the various types of sheaths guidewires used during the TAVR procedure and understand their reasons for use

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.